Welcome to General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University

A leading university with a global approach, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) is the only university offering graduate courses in defence studies in the South Asian region. Being a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (United Kingdom), we maintain world class standards for educating and grooming Officer Cadets to successfully meet the challenges of modern defence management and are proud to contribute to the making of outstanding Army, Navy and Air Force officers dedicated ‘for the motherland forever’.

 Founded in 1981 as a Defence Academy, KDU was elevated to the level of a university in 1986 with the distinctive mission of ensuring a superior quality learner-centered education through academic and professional programmes combined with practical research across many disciplines in the field of defence for its students.

The university has opened its doors to civil students who wish to continue their higher studies in the fields of Engineering, Law, Management, Social Sciences and IT. KDU currently offers degree courses at both undergraduate and post graduate levels to an eclectic blend of Officer Cadets, Officers and civilians.

Based in Rathmalana, a city 12 km from the capital of Sri Lanka, KDU is spread across a land extent of 48 acres, which is of breathtaking beauty enriched by a spectacular lake. Its natural environs and a range of unique and rare species of flora are carefully maintained to preserve the antiquity of the premises in its pristine past.

Words from Vice Chancellor

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General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) is one of the prestigious military universities in the South Asian region. Its aim is to groom young officer cadets to be intellectually, physically and mentally capable of taking up future challenges in the field of defence, so as to best serve the Sri Lanka Army, Navy, and Air Force.

 

General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University delegation visited Pakistan From 19th to 26th June 2015

Following an invitation extended by the National Defence University (NDU) –Pakistan, a delegation of General Sir John.....

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KDU American Football Team – Runners Up of The University Flag American Football Tournament Organized By EFIL

The American Football Team of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University became the Cup Runner-up of the.....

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University of Moratuwa International Shuttlers Fest (UMISF) 2015

The Badminton team of KDU emerged as champions at the University of Moratuwa International Shuttlers Fest which was.....

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General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Launches Two Academic Publications in The Fields of Strategic Studies and Law

General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University launched two academic publications in the fields of Strategic Studies.....

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Unveiling of the Pinnacle of the Newly Constructed Stupa

The unveiling of the pinnacle of the newly constructed stupa at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University.....

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Advanced Seminar on International Humanitarian Law

A three day Advanced Seminar on International Humanitarian Law for the members of the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka was.....

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First Award Ceremony of the Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education at the KDU

The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) recently held the award ceremony for its Certificate in.....

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A Seminar on Legal Aid for Intake 29 LL.B. Students

A Seminar on Legal Aid for Intake 29 LL.B. students of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) was.....

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Sacred Relics Depositing Ceremony Took Place Under the Patronage of Vice Chancellor

Sacred Relics depositing ceremony of the newly constructed stupa at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence.....

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Maldivian Deputy Education Minister Paid a Courtesy Visit to KDU

Turning a new chapter in the relations between General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) and the Republic.....

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APACS – AMBOSS Badminton Tournament 2015 in Singapore

The Badminton team of KDU had won the championship at the APACS – AMBOSS Badminton tournament which was held in.....

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Parents' Day of Intake 32 Ended with Grand Success

Parents' Day of intake 32 was held on 9th May 2015 at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University in a grand.....

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Ceremonial Opening of KDU Southern Campus at Sooriyawewa

Turning a new chapter in the history of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), the ceremonial.....

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Kotelawala Defence University Organized a Sil Campaign and 'Wesak Kalapaya' for the Wesak Poya Day

Kotelawala Defence University organized a 'Sil campaign' to celebrate the Wesak Poya on 03 May 2015 and more than.....

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Annual Inter Squadron Sports Meet 2015

The annual inter squadron sports meet 2015 of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University was successfully.....

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